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AUSTRALIA V JORDAN
10pm Sunday

PALESTINE V AUSTRALIA
10pm Friday 11/1

AUSTRALIA V SYRIA
12.30am Wednesday 16/1



SOCCEROOS SQUAD FOR 2019 ASIAN CUP
Goalkeepers:
Mitch Langerak, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic
Defence: Mark Milligan (c), Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Rhyan Grant, Matt Jurman, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury
Midfield: Mustafa Amini, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Jimmy Jeggo, Tom Rogic
Attack: Martin Boyle, Chris Ikonomidis, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout
 

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Not very optimistic for the tournament, even after the Oman result.

Should beat Palestine and Jordan but Syria will be nothing but tough.
 

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I’ve never been so uninterested in a tournament featuring the Socceroos as this upcoming one. The current squad (apart from one or two players) is so underwhelming in terms of talent that it’s hard to watch.

Having no Mooy doesn’t help the cause either.
 
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Channel 10 for FTA I'd assume. Agree that it's really lacking hype. Crap team and the fact it's in the Middle East don't help. Also the fact we hosted it last time and won.
 

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I was quite excited for this tournament but injuries have really blunted the anticipation. We don’t exactly have depth, so losing Leckie, Mooy and the very promising Boyle pretty much kills our chances.

Arnold keeps talking about wanting to play a more positive, free flowing style so I hope that at least comes to fruition. Even if we don’t have the class to win it with our injuries, we should hopefully be entertaining to watch.

Huge opportunity for Luongo. Was superb in this tournament in 2015 and somehow didn’t get game time at the World Cup. Needs to step up again here.
 

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Shouldn't have any problems getting past the group stage (SHOULD top it but Syria won't be easy), but, looking at our underwhelming squad with injuries, I can't see how we win it ahead of Japan, South Korea or Iran.
 

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Semis would be an acceptable result for what's left of the squad.

What I want to see is someone, maybe 2 or 3 guys really stand up and say "We are the ones to carry this team forward", preferably in the front half of the field.
 

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Will get through the group stage. Should win tonight but could see us opening up with a draw. Dont think we will go much further after the group stage. Japan or SoK will win it.
 

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Also, il reserve full judgement on Arnold until after the tournament, but I'm not sold on him. I get the whole develop Aussie coaches mantra, but I think the national team should have the best guy available. There are plenty of good foreign managers out there, most other nations go out and spend big on the best available. We should be doing the same instead of taking this Aussie battler approach.

Probably an unpopular opinion, but theres a difference between the best coach available and the best Australian coach available which seems to be our recent hiring philosophy.
 
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